Julie Dash

Thirty years ago, filmmaker Julie Dash became the first African American woman to have a wide theatrical release of a feature film with her Sundance award-winning Daughters of the Dust. The world of the film was the basis for Dash’s eponymous debut novel. Her extensive résumé as a film/TV writer and director includes the award-winning drama series Queen Sugar (season 2), created and produced by Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey for OWN Television, and the NAACP Image Award–winning The Rosa Parks Story, which was also nominated for Emmy and DGA awards. Today she has several documentary projects in the works and is a Distinguished Professor of Art and Visual Culture at Spelman College.